from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that is playfully mischievous.
- n. An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.
- adj. Archaic Made up of, belonging to, or relating to the common people: "Nor shall the Rascal Rabble here have Peace” ( John Dryden).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who is naughty; either playfully mischievous or a troublemaker, a dishonest person, a scoundrel.
- n. A member of a criminal gang in Papua New Guinea.
- adj. low(ly), part of or belonging to the common rabble
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or creature; collectively, the rabble; the common herd; also, a lean, ill-conditioned beast, esp. a deer.
- n. A mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low; mean; base.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The commonalty of people; the vulgar herd; the general mass.
- n. In hunting, a refuse or despicable beast or class of beasts; an animal, or animals collectively, unfit to chase or to kill, on account of ignoble quality or lean condition; especially, a lean deer.
- n. A low or vulgar person; one of the rabble; a boor or churl.
- n. A low or mean fellow; a tricky, dishonest person; a rogue; a knave; a scamp: used in objurgation with much latitude, and often, like rogue, with slight meaning. Compare rascally.
- Paltry; worthless; unworthy of consideration; in a special use, unfit for the chase, as a lean deer: used of things or animals.
- Low; mean; base; common; ignoble; vulgar; knavish: used of persons, formerly with reference to class or occupation, but now only with an implication of moral baseness or dishonesty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one who is playfully mischievous
- n. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
Middle English rascaile, rabble, commoners, from Old French rascaille, probably from rasque, mud, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, to scrape; see rash2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1330, as Middle English rascaile ("people of the lowest class, rabble of an army"), derived from 12th century Old French rascaille ("outcast, rabble") (modern French racaille), perhaps from rasque ("mud, filth, scab, dregs"), from Vulgar Latin *rasicare ("to scrape"). The singular form is first attested in 1461; the present extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from early 1586. (Wiktionary)